• Oktoberfest celebrates locally brewed beer, local foods


Baranof Island Brewing Company, Sitka’s local brewery, will host an Oktoberfest celebration from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the BIBCO brewery at 201 Smith St. in Sitka.

The highlight of the event will be the 3 p.m. tapping of a special release Kristallweizen beer by Sitka Mayor Mim McConnell. There will be brewery tours from 3-5 p.m., as well as games, prizes and polka music. Baranof Island Brewing Company does make a root beer for people wanting a locally produced non-alcoholic libation. People are encouraged to wear liederhosen or dirndls to get in the Oktoberfest spirit. Oktoberfest t-shirts will be available for sale.

This event also will feature pulled pork sandwiches, smoked turkey legs and all-beef smoked sausages slathered in Sitka-produced Crackcorn Tysor’s BBQ, Sauces and Rubs. There also will be Alaska-produced reindeer meat hot dogs, Polish dogs, buffalo brats, and more from Sitka-owned Reindeer Redhots.